You can unsubscribe at any time. The key lockdown changes and dates you need to know in Wales. After temporarily having restrictions eased after its ‘firebreak’ lockdown, Wales is introducing stricter measures once more from 4 December. Mrs Williams said it was impossible to guarantee a level playing field because of the impact of coronavirus, so grades will be based on externally set classroom assessments under teacher supervision. They must stay at home, except for limited purposes such as exercise, and must work from home wherever possible. Bars and restaurants will be banned from selling alcohol and will shut at 6 pm. Wales lockdown: New ‘fire-break’ restrictions imposed for 17 days. Wales is due to conclude its two-week firebreak lockdown. 3-min read. The country was put under a national lockdown … A source told LBC that Wales would go into a new lockdown just after Christmas. A SECOND coronavirus fire-break lockdown could be imposed in January or February across Wales, a Government minister has said. Just over 65,000 deaths involving Covid-19 … Mr Drakeford admitted that the Welsh Government has not concluded its discussions on what measures to place on pubs, bars and restaurants. Wales set for circuit-breaker lockdown 'from next Friday' The country will see all cafes, restaurants and hairdressers shut, according to a leaked letter . Figures reportedly stand at 130 new Covid-19 cases per 100,000 people. Health. “Other children taking examinations will be able to attend, but all other students will continue their learning from home,” he said. Businesses in Wales hit by coronavirus will be offered £140m in grants, Economy Minister Ken Skates has said. First Minister Mark Drakeford is expected to unveil a phased ‘roadmap’ setting out how Wales will exit lockdown measures which have been in place for eight weeks, Prime Minister Boris Johnson […] Mr Drakeford said at a press conference on Dec 4 that the situation in Wales remained "very serious" and that the Government was using measures seen in other parts of the UK in a bid to drive cases down. First Minister Mark Drakeford described the time-limited lockdown as a "short, sharp, shock to turn back the clock, slow down the virus and buy us more time". On Nov 27,  Mr Drakeford said, "It is important for our children not to miss out further.". Wales will enter tier 4 (full lockdown) from December 28 if Covid cases do not begin to decrease, the First Minister warned. A deserted Cardiff city centre during the ongoing fire-break lockdown, You can read more about the new rules here, Mark Drakeford's speech in full as he announced new coronavirus lockdown rules for Wales after the fire-break, Is B&Q open during lockdown in Wales? The circuit-breaker, which came into force at 6pm on Friday, October 23, was introduced to help regain control of coronavirus and prevent the NHS from being overwhelmed. It will include the half-term holiday and cover two weeks, ending on Monday November 9. This applies to people who have symptoms, test positive, were in close contact with someone who displays symptoms or tested positive, or people who are returning from a non-exempt country. A full coronavirus control plan will be published and voted on in the week beginning Dec 14. It was the first local lockdown in Wales, and followed the discovery that 98 people had tested positive in a week, giving the county the highest infection rate in Wales. Since October 23, people have only been allowed to leave their homes for limited reasons and had to work from home where possible. The new rules will come into play from 6pm on Friday 23 October. Northern Ireland is also relaxing some rules, following a two-week lockdown. All secondary schools and further education colleges in Wales will transition to online classes from Monday December 14, the Education Minister announced on Dec 10. Wales. Since October 23, people have only been allowed to leave their homes for limited reasons and had to work from home where possible. Following the end of England's lockdown on Wednesday the … The lockdown will begin at 6pm on October 23 and last until November 9, and will see all but essential retail outlets close. The circuit-breaker is two weeks long so will come to an end next Monday. A leaked letter suggests that Wales will enter a 17-day lockdown this week, from Friday October 23 onwards. The Welsh Government has also asked people to maintain social distancing and to stop booking multiple tables in pubs and then pushing the chairs together. The lockdown is expected to start on Thursday, November 5 and last for four weeks. You can read more about the new rules here. England, Scotland and Wales introduced the first lockdown restrictions on 26 March and Northern Ireland on 28 March with only minor differences in their respective approaches. Politics. Leisure, hospitality and tourism businesses were closed, along with community centres, libraries and recycling centres. First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford speaks during a press conference after the Welsh cabinet announced that Wales will go into national lockdown from Friday until 9 … The warning came after indoor entertainment businesses were closed and a ban on alcohol in hospitality venues was introduced on Dec 4 due to another rise in coronavirus cases. The Welsh Government has confirmed a support package of almost £300m to support businesses through the lockdown. Published: 04:59 EST, 2 … Previously travel in and out of Wales was only allowed for "essential purposes", such as education, work or caring responsibilities. A number of counties have also indicated primary schools will close earlier, including Cardiff and Swansea. By Dan Hodges For The Mail On Sunday. Last updated: 19 June 2020. explains more about how we use your data, and your rights. In a statement, the Cabinet Office “emphasised that the public will be advised to remain cautious, and that wherever possible people should avoid travelling and minimise social contact”. The circuit breaker lockdown means a return to some of the tightest restrictions for Wales, with non-essential businesses like pubs, gyms and hairdressers forced to close once more Which? coronavirus. Coronavirus: 'Traffic light' system to lift lockdown in Wales. Mon 7 Dec 2020 10.37 EST 18 Another lockdown may be needed in Wales to stop the NHS being overwhelmed as the number of Covid-19 patients in … Since October 23, people have only been allowed to leave their homes for limited reasons and had to work from home where possible. You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully By Bryony Jewell For Mailonline. Tougher restrictions will hit Wales in the run up to Christmas. The Welsh Government has announced a series of measures will come into effect tomorrow across Wales … A total of £180 million will also be available from the Economic Resilience Fund. However leaders in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland … Three households will be allowed to meet over Christmas in Wales and around the UK under new Covid rules. The Telegraph - Tougher restrictions will hit Wales in the run up to Christmas Details of a four-tier traffic light lockdown system were announced at the Welsh government coronavirus briefing on December 11. Only the vaccine can save us now, Exclusive: Test and Trace chaos made me 'lose it' and seek psychiatrist help, Boris Johnson determined to let families meet at Christmas, but urges self isolation beforehand, Moscow capable of second Salisbury-style poisoning that could kill thousands in UK, Defence Secretary warns, Man who ‘expressed affinity with’ incel-motivated mass murderer found guilty under Terrorism Act in ‘unprecedented’ case, Are Covid-19 cases rising or falling in your area? Yesterday (19 October), the Welsh Government announced a “firebreak” national lockdown from 6:00pm on Friday, 23 October until Monday, 9 November that will have an impact on football in Wales. Last updated: 8 May 2020. If you are in tier one or two, the blanket ban on non-essential travel no longer applies, and  hotels and self-catering accommodation facilities have reopened once again in lower-risk tiers. The traffic light is red. explains the dates and rules around the latest lockdown changes in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. Wales will enter tier 4 (full lockdown) from December 28 if Covid cases do not begin to decrease, the First Minister warned. Find out more, Black applicants significantly more likely to fail RAF selection tests than white counterparts, Stop wasting billions on testing. ... Children in Wales will return to school on June 29 to 'check in, catch up and prepare for … "The plan sets out four alert levels. Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA. When did the lockdown start, and how long has the UK been in lockdown? Last modified on Mon 19 Oct 2020 11.58 EDT. The decision has been criticised by the Children's Commissioner for Wales as disruptive to education. A fire-break lockdown will come into force in Wales from this Friday, October 23rd and run until Monday, November 9th. It comes as England prepares to go into a month-long lockdown. St George's Hotel will be closed during this period. The ‘firebreak’ lockdown in Wales is set to last for two weeks – with the first week covering the half-term period there. Mon 19 Oct 2020 11.22 EDT. Our. "Parents will know just how important this period the end of term is, especially in primary schools. Lockdown dates: Boris Johnson Instituted a UK-wide lockdown on March 23 (Image: GETTY) READ MORE We must never forget the heroes of the lockdown, says VANESSA FELTZ Wales is due to conclude its two-week firebreak lockdown. The First Minister announced that non-essential retail stores in Wales will be able to reopen from Monday 22 June, providing that social distancing measures can be maintained within the stores. 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Travel to tiers three and four in Scotland and tier three in England is still prohibited, and well as the whole of Northern Ireland. Updates automatically, People may travel from Wales to tier one and two areas in England and Scotland. Wales lockdown: New ‘fire-break’ restrictions imposed for 17 days. Wales will enter tier 4 (full lockdown) from December 28 if Covid cases do not begin to decrease, the First … Picture: PA By Matt Drake Wales will introduce a two-week circuit-breaker lockdown next week, according to a leaked letter. A land of fear and twitching curtains: DAN HODGES braves a visit to Wales after its Left-wing leader plunged it into lockdown. The lockdown will last two weeks, starting at 6pm on Friday, October 23. Wales is due to conclude its two-week firebreak lockdown. Pupils will be able to go in to take exams but others will learn from home for an additional week, Mr Drakeford said. October 17: Leaked letter suggests Wales will enter a two-week circuit breaker lockdown from October 23. The leaders of all four home nations have agreed three households may mix from December 23 to 27. WALES will enter a two-week 'firebreak' lockdown this week, with closures of non-essential businesses and residents urged to stay home. Mr Drakeford said, “Coronavirus doesn’t respect borders – we all have a part to play in keeping Wales and the UK safe. Wales has confirmed a two-week "firebreak" lockdown. First published: 8 May 2020. What are the rules in Wales? But when does the lockdown in Wales end? Dr Jones said the hospital he worked at was already facing an "incredibly grave situation", with critical care patients having to be transferred to different hospitals for treatment. Details of a four-tier traffic light lockdown system were announced at the Welsh government coronavirus briefing on December 11. The level of risk is very high," Mark Drakeford said. We are at alert level three. When will the ‘firebreak’ lockdown start and finish? Reduce the 2m distancing rule to give our business some hope in trying to salvage what’s left of the season. So, what are the key dates you need to know as lockdown is lifted in Wales… Details will be published later today on how Wales can exit the lockdown measures put in place to help stop the spread of COIVID-19. Wales will have a two-week national lockdown from 23 October. Advertisement. However, the Welsh government still advises caution, in order to help stop the spread of the virus. WALES is reportedly set for a second firebreak lockdown from December 28 as Covid cases continue to rise. The key dates you need to know as lockdown is eased further in Wales. Wales is currently under tighter restrictions due to the fire-break lockdown put in place by the Welsh Government. Small and medium sized businesses could receive up to £100,000 in grants and larger  businesses could receive up to £150,000. Several other schools took the decision to close into their own hands, and the Welsh government felt considerable pressure with the infection rate rising in the lead up to the easing of lockdown over Christmas. Previously, people could only travel out of Wales if it was deemed "essential. He called for the Government to introduce a lockdown immediately in Wales and said: "The speed and ferocity that the second wave has hit us with is nothing that we could have imagined.". Now the Welsh Government is busy putting new national measures in place ready for when the lockdown period ends. From Friday, people in Wales will be able to travel to tier one and tier two areas in England and Scotland. Northern Ireland is also relaxing some rules, following a two-week lockdown. October 12: UK announces a new three-tier system for Covid-19 restrictions in England. After the UK went into lockdown in March some restrictions are now starting to ease. He also added that new national rules will be kept "as simple as possible" and there would be no return to local travel restrictions. Jim Jones, from North Wales Tourism, had this wish list for Friday. The Welsh Government will introduce the shutdown in Wales from 6pm on Friday, First Minister Mark Drakeford has said. Wales will go into a "short, sharp" national lockdown from Friday until 9 November. I'm A Celebrity will kick off in less than TWO WEEKS as start date is confirmed despite Wales being in a circuit breaker lockdown. Since October 23, people have only been allowed to leave their homes for limited reasons and had to work from home where possible. If any data is incomplete or incorrect or the evidence provided is insufficient we will not process the application and it will be rejected. It started at 6pm on Friday, October 23 and will last until 12:01am Monday, November 9. The country has reached 1,900 Covid-related hospital admissions for the first time during the pandemic, Drakeford announced in the government briefing. Published 24 April. Under new rules, cafes, restaurants and pubs cannot serve alcohol and must close at 6pm - but may continue takeaways - and cinemas, skating rinks and museums have shut completely. LOCKDOWN measures have been extended for nearly another month in the UK, with little sign yet the country's epidemic is receding. Following the end of the firebreak, a new set of national rules will be introduced, covering how people can meet and how the public sector and businesses operate. On Monday 19 October, the Welsh government announced it would be implementing a 17-day “firebreak” lockdown for Wales to combat the rising … An intensive care doctor said allowing people to mix over Christmas will "pour petrol on an already burning fire.". Want us to send our biggest stories straight to your inbox? November 9. Wales BANS pubs from selling alcoholic drinks and introduces 6pm CURFEW as it heads for ANOTHER lockdown less than four weeks after its 'firebreak' with infection rate up 31 per cent - … Shoppers in Cardiff, Wales, which Michael Gove says came out of its lockdown last month 'too soon' and 'too expansively'. COMMUNITY GUIDELINES. Scotland is loosening restrictions on 11 areas as part its five-tier system of Covid restrictions. We are at alert level three. The full list of all the Wales lockdown changes that will come into force today. Scotland is loosening restrictions on 11 areas as part its five-tier system of Covid restrictions. The Telegraph values your comments but kindly requests all posts are on topic, constructive and respectful. However, you must not travel unless it is essential if you are living in a higher tier. In a further rule change, people required to self-isolate in Wales can do so for 10 days instead of two weeks from Thursday, December 10. ", Pubs, cafes and restaurants cannot serve alcohol from 6pm on December 4 and must close at 6pm thereafter, apart from takeaway services, Cinemas, bowling alleys and bingo halls will close, as will amusement arcades, casinos and galleries, Non-essential businesses have been open since November 9, but people must work from home "wherever possible", Travel is still permitted anywhere within Wales, but people are not able to travel to England unless it is for essential purposes until tomorrow, Dec 2, A maximum of two households can form a support bubble and meet indoors or in private gardens, Up to four people from separate households can meet up outside the home and in cafes, pubs and restaurants, and bring their children along, but must book ahead and provide identification, House parties, events and gatherings are unlawful, Groups of up to 15 people can take part in organised activities indoors, while up to 30 people are allowed to take part in activities outdoors, Wedding and civil partnership ceremonies may take place with social distancing and face coverings, but receptions are limited to 15 people, Invite-only funerals may take place and wakes or gatherings are limited to 15 people, excluding staff and children under 11. 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